If there is one thing I learned working with Florence
at Box T Bible and Saddle Camp,
you can make
in the kitchen.
Along with her husband, Lewellyn,
they used their ranch in the middle of North Dakota
as a Bible Camp for many decades.
They were loved for their love for the Lord,
and their love for the young people that
stomped on their grass,
trampled their flowers,
wrestled on their furniture,
and broke things.
They had patience unlimited for youthful pranks,
immature and mature crushes,
smelly cowboy boots,
giggling after hours,
and mistakes in the kitchen.
Florence was amazing with food.
She fed the campers from a kitchen the size of
some people’s dining room table.
I watched her rescue desert when someone accidentally used
Russian tea mix instead of cocoa
in the brownies.
I laughed when a pan of baked oatmeal
was tipped over in the oven,
and the rescued portion miraculously became the
bottom of a creamy, fruity desert.
When my cupboards were bare,
her influence spurred on
thrift and creativity.
The kids hadn’t sealed the package of tortillas,
so the edges were all crusty.
A scissors took care of that mess.
I grated the chunks of cheese I found,
cutting off a few spots of mold
and the dried edges.
I guess the cheese bags weren’t sealed, either.
A wonderfully warm lunch,
that my kids thought was SO special.
It was just like in a restaurant!
They didn’t know how I had to literally cut and scrape
to make this meal.
It felt good to be so frugal.
It felt good to think about Florence,
a woman who influenced my faith
even more than my culinary skills.
I was even wondering,
if I were living during WWII,
would I have even cut off the crusty edges?
Or would I have cut them off
and made something else out of them?
But, there is something more to consider,
than just a recipe from dry tortillas and moldy cheese.
Other than food,
we can waste time,
We waste them by not using them for the Lord.
How are you making
in your life?
Read Jeff’s blog giving great tribute to
Florence and Lewellyn Tewksbury,
of Box T Bible and Saddle Camp.